We often admire in others what we deny in ourselves. It can therefore be helpful to explore what it is you admire in other leaders and to unpack why.
Q: What is it about how they lead that I admire?
Q: What attributes do I feel they have that I lack?
Invitation to discuss. Explore whether there are examples in other areas of your life or in the past in which you displayed similar attributes.
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
It is clear that certain people have a magnetism or a skillset that we feel we will never acquire.
And yet, what we admire in others is often what we deny in ourselves.
It can therefore be highly beneficial to start exploring what leaders you admire and why. Don’t stop at the first answer. Keep delving. Question each why so you can dig deeper!
In exploring the attributes that you feel you lack, truly consider where in your life you may have displayed similar attributes. How might you channel those experiences and bring them into your leadership?
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.